Lalji Patel reunites with Hardik Patel for reservation stir

  • PTI, Ahmedabad
  • Updated: Sep 14, 2015 00:15 IST
Dinesh, Hardik, Lalji and Ketan Patel at an agitation for seeking reservation for Patels (HT File Photo)

After disassociating himself from the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) last month owing to differences, Lalji Patel joined hands with PAAS head Hardik Patel.

Incidentally, the move comes just ahead of their meeting with the Gujarat government scheduled for Monday.

Lalji Patel heads the Sardar Patel Group (SPG) had disassociated himself from the Hardik Patel-led PAAS after the mega Patel rally on August 25. After the rally, Lalji announced a parallel agitation to press for the demand to include Patel under OBC quota. At that time, Lalji said that he was not taken into confidence by Hardik Patel on some issues related to the agitation.

On Sunday, both Hardik and Lalji shared a dais at a 'Chintan Shibir' held at Sola and announced that they would work together. During the event attended by members of both PAAS and SPG, Hardik touched Lalji's feet to seek his blessings. Speaking at the function, Lalji claimed that he never had any differences with Hardik Patel or PAAS.

"SPG and PAAS never parted ways. It was merely a misunderstanding created by the media. I have clarified on television news channels several times that Hardik Patel is like my younger brother and we are always together but the media kept on showing that we had differences," Lalji said.

Further, Lalji called for a unified movement to achieve their target. "Our (SPG and PAAS) sole aim is to get reservation for Patels. I told Hardik that a single organisation, be it SPG or PAAS, may not get the desired success. The mega rally of August 25 suceeded because we all worked together," Lalji said, while addressing Patel community leaders.

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